Bunting Boutique have recently made some bespoke paper bunting for Betty’s in Harrogate to help celebrate 30 years of their little rascal range. The bunting was used as part of a promotional photo shoot and is now being hung in their shop window. Betty’s is such a wonderful and iconic place to visit if you are in the Harrogate area and their fat rascals are very tasty.
Here are a few photos showing how it all came together:
Ooooh new glass Czech buttons from Ebay. Now to make some brooches!
Today i have a lovely peek into the studio of Curious Clare. I am lucky enough to have gone to art college with some very talented people and Clare is one of them. She has a Facebook page and a lovely blog.
How inspiring is this as a workspace!
What a talented artist Clare is! Drawing and visual studies was a huge part of our Crafts degree and you can see how much sketchbook work and drawing Clare is still doing.
All the pictures Clare took herself and were on Creative Boom recently which is how I got a glimpse of her studio but I thought I’d ask Clare if I could share them too! She was happy to spread the love with Dandelion and Olive so hope you enjoy her studio loveliness.
Clare’s blog Curious Clare is wonderful and full of images from artists she loves, workshops she has been on, see below for fab creatures she made on a Sally Faulkner workshop and a Samantha Bryan one too, as well as inspiring ideas for you to try and some DIY’s.
Lovely images from Samantha Bryan workshop below.
Clare’s next project is to open an Etsy shop but teaching is getting in the way at the mo so if you’d like a piece of Clare’s work then message her on Facebook.
Thanks Clare for sharing your studio with us all and hurry up with your Etsy shop so we can buy some of your lovely pieces we have been coveting at Dandelion & Olive towers!
I was so happy to arrive home from the studio on Friday to find that the lovely people at Pretty Nostalgic had sent me a copy of their latest issue that features some of our vintage doily bunting.
Not only does it look amazing in their lovely photo shoot but we also got a little mention in the curiosities section in the magazine – very exciting.
This issue celebrates the magazines 1st birthday and is full of fabulous articles – the perfect read for a sunny afternoon in the garden.
When I was in Devon over easter I found a scrapbook of my mums where she had saved lots of party invites from the 60′s, how great are these! The kiddie invites were for my brother and sister.
I was in London a week and a half ago at The Most Curious Wedding Fair and today I thought I’d share some lovely images of my journey to and from the fair. Below was an amazing painted shop front very close to Spitalfields market. I don’t think this is a shop that exists now but as I went past early in the morning I can’t be sure but wow isn’t it beautiful!
On my way to the tube I made my way through Hatton Garden (jewellery quarter for London) and passed my favourite named street, how great is Bleeding Heart Yard for a street name and it even features heavily in a Dickens novel.
I love the front of this fish and chip shop but by the late afternoon when I passed again it was crammed full of cool young londoners spilling onto pavement but early in the morning it looked lovely.
Each morning of my weekend I got up at 6.20am to catch a train to London and by the time I arrived in Brick Lane I was in need of a little pick me up and on Cheshire street I found a great cafe with gorgeous and energising berry smoothies with nice little corner to sit in. As I was wandering around a bit before 10am the streets were fairly deserted so i have rather unpopulated photos from this trip!
Now if only all gas meters were decorated like this our towns would be fab!
Sporting a sunny yellow satchel to match the sunny weekend!
Now the Shard is by no means my favourite London building but it is pretty impresive as you approach it from below. I took this with a trolley full of wedding ring gubbins on my way home so next time you’re at London Bridge station look up!
Part 2 of this London trip coming soon with pics of lovely wedding suppliers I met at the fair.
At Bunting Boutique we were excited to find out that this lovely photography company ‘ Very Photique Photography’ based out in Melbourne, had purchased some of our vintage doily bunting to use as a prop in their photo shoots. We love making links with other creative companies and its lovely to see how some of our products are being used.
This coming weekend I will be taking part in A Most Curious Wedding Fair on Brick Lane in London. I am organising postcards, printing a banner, polishing wedding rings and choosing my outfit for meeting lots of couples planning their big day. Couples are really excited when they realise rather than tramping high street jewellers they can come and make their wedding rings in my jewellery teaching studio so I am spreading the word to the capital and hoping to inspire some creativity and get couples hammering and crafting and polishing until they have truly special and personal rings to exchange on the big day.
I thought I would share some of the other exhibitors who will be at the fair alongside me.
This image of a couple with huge love sign is from Scene Setters (website nearly live apparently). Scene Setters make large decorative card props and I adore their glitter stock artwork, how cool would this be at the reception!
Next I love Hattie & Flora event designers with amazing images of their event and promo styling on their website. I love the balloon pics and the intense colourful furniture they offer.
Next up check out the stationary from Candyflossie, I adore the pinwheels and retro style invites and the save the date invites. All so lovely and unique, especially the pencil save the dates!
For a touch of cool, unique elegance then don a hat from Joelle Reeves Millinery. For me its the pom pom headpieces and bird pieces.
I have been busy with promo material this last week and have some lovely crisp pics of some wedding rings my couples have made, how lovely are these rings, all made by complete novice jewellery makers. Why not come make your wedding rings too.
There are lots more exhibitors at the show including photographers, dress designers, caterers and more, more, more. If you are planning a big day then come say hi this weekend or if you can’t make it then check out all the exhibitors here.
Last weekend we all crammed in the little car and drove to South Devon for a family visit. Now usually my pics from this annual visit are of sunny skies and lounging on warm beaches…..not this year!
We had a morning of sunshine (not as warm as it looks) at Blackpool sands near Kingsbridge but after that it was cloudy all round, but that doesn’t stop kids enjoying a scramble over the rocks!
This pic of no.1 son below taken moments before half body immersion in rock pool and a swift return to the car!
If you are ever in South Devon visit Dartmouth Castle and beach and Blackpool Sands – fab but next year please can the sun come back!
I have been shopping for lovely coloured wool with some vouchers and finally chose a nice selection of cream, greens and dusky pinks for a crochet blanket, but what pattern to make! I have decided on granny square style as it’s easier to cart about between home and the caravan when making but i still can’t pin down a pattern. I have of course been using Pinterest to aid my choice so thought I’d share my favourites.
Lovely blanket above from Wood and Wool blog.
Pretty geometric crochet throw found in One Kings Lane shop.
Vintage 70′s crochet from Etsy shop Drowsy Swords, all crocheted in one go but i love it!
Lovely pram blanket from Three Beans in Pod blog.
Lovely blanket at Dottie Angel blog and you can find pattern via Millie Makes blog, after trying this one out I realised it might be best for a smaller project than a bed cover!
I really love the dark background to the above blanket from Moonshine & Wool blog.
After trying out a few patterns I have realised that perhaps I should keep it simple, so something like the above pic from Dottie Angel I think! Those squares look simple enough for a novice like me.
Wish me luck and nimble fingers!
For all you bunting lovers out there Bunting Boutique is offering you a great chance to get your hands on a 3m bundle from their ‘Small Classic’ range. It’s made from some lovely retro flower fabric and would be the perfect ingredient for any party, wedding, child’s bedroom or Easter bash you may have planned.
To be in with a chance to win all you have to do is:
LIKE Bunting Boutique and SHARE this post on Facebook.
Then leave a comment on this giveaway on Bunting Boutique’s Facebook page – easy peasy.
I will be picking a winner on Monday 25th March and this giveaway is open to bunting fans worldwide – good luck.
I made some necklaces to replace some I sold on Etsy so thought I’d take a few pics at the bench as I went along.
Once I’ve cut the shape out with a piercing saw I texture with a tiny hammer I bought in New York.
Stars all soldered on and waiting for its chain!
If you are in the East Sussex area this coming Saturday I would highly recommend visiting The Fairy Tale Fair situated in Patcham Methodist Church and you will not be disappointed. This whimsical themed craft fair is back this spring after the success of their first two fairs in August & November last year.
The fair is a real community event, welcoming families and all ages to come along and enjoy the crafty creations and treats! All of the stallholders are local Brighton or Sussex makers so it will be a great place to go to purchase handmade, one off gifts that you certainly won’t find on the high street!
We are more than happy to say that Bunting Boutique will be supplying some bunting again to decorate the venue and we are looking forward to seeing what treats we will find there.
Please check out their blog for interviews with crafters, location details and updates on shows.
I found some lovely doily treasures and a beautiful appliquéd tablecloth last weekend that I thought I would share with you. Its not often I come across some Irish linen doily’s which are very special and my coloured doily stash is slowly building now so watch this space as a new vintage doily bunting range could be coming soon.